Acme Alumni Weekend attendees receive update on Community Complex Project

Acme Alumni 2018

Winter made her presence known this past Sunday, Dec. 2 for the Acme Alumni Weekend Sunday Luncheon fundraiser. The guest speaker, Cheryl Bernard, can be forgiven for not braving those roads, as can a lot of people. Nevertheless, about 100 attended the luncheon, with Sunterra donating the food, Doug Price organizing the beef, and the Fire Department and Jim Northcott organizing the bar and drinks. The High School and Junior High students helped serve and clean up, Cathy Price organized the event, and companies donated door prizes. Any meat leftovers were auctioned off to go toward the fundraiser.

With the Acme Alumni Association taking lead on the proposed community learning centre and gymnasium project, (Acme Community Complex) attendees at the luncheon received an update. At the moment, just over $1 million has been pledged and attached to a CFEP matching grant application. That would give the project its initial $2 million goal for Golden Hills School Division (GHSD) to take to the government for approval. There will be no word on the grant’s success until some time in March 2019. It was noted that at least two more large donations are expected and the Alumni project committee asks that everyone talk to their corporate contacts to seek out more donations, as the actual fundraising goal to complete the project is $4 million.

The proposed gymnasium will likely be built near the Acme School, with indications being that the community learning centre will be built into the school’s foyer area and present gymnasium. The main interest in this project is to update the school’s gymnasium, to keep the school active and viable into the future, to host larger tournaments (Provincials), and to continue to attract families to the area, maintain community pride, and even have alumni returning to the community.

This is a partnership between the communities of Linden, Acme and Carbon, Kneehill County and GHSD. This project is the number one capital priority for GHSD for this coming year. If grant and donations come through, construction is expected to begin in the latter part of 2019. The number one thing needed however, is donations and pledges. Proceeds from the sale of the Acme History book (Acme Memories II to commemorate the Acme Centennial in 2010) will be donated to the new gymnasium fund. Books may be purchased at the Village Office and Acme Legion.

Charitable Tax Receipts will be made at the time of the monetary donation and issued by GHSD. Acme Community Complex, c/o Donna Bates, Beeton & Associates, Box 1207, Three Hills, AB T0M 2A0. Matt Price, President of the Acme Alumni Association is requesting letters of support for the Acme Community Complex Capital Campaign, in actively applying for grants and corporate sponsorships. In your letter you are asked to include the name of the organization, your name and position/job title, how the facility would stimulate economic growth in the community, and how it will support the overall health and well-being of individuals in our area by improved access to a public use facility. The signed letter can be mailed or emailed to Acme Alumni Association, Box 266, Acme, AB T0M 0A0. You can phone Matt at 403.546.3818 or email mattrsprice@gmail.com